“Eat a Rainbow every day.”

The different colors in fruits and vegetables indicate some of the different nutrients they contain. For example, the red in tomatoes comes from lycopene, orange carrots and winter squashes contain beta-carotene, and so on. These various nutrients are needed by the body for everything from brain functioning to muscle repair. Here is a partial list of fruits and vegetables from each color.

RED: Beets, Cherries, Chili Peppers, Cranberries, Pomegranates, Radishes, Raspberries, Red Apple, Rhubarb, Red Bell Pepper, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon

ORANGE:  Apricots, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Kumquats, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Persimmons, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines 

YELLOW: Canary Melon, Crenshaw Melon, Lemon,  Passion Fruit, Pears, Pineapple, Plantains, Star Fruit, White Grapefruit, Yellow Apples, Yellow Onion, Yellow Squash

GREEN: Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocados, Basil, Bell Pepper, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Edamame, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, Green Apples, Green Beans, Green Cabbage, Green Grapes, Green Olives, Green Onion, Green Pears, Honeydew, Jalapeno, Kale, Kiwi, Leeks, Lettuce, Limes, Okra, Parsley, Peas – English, Sugar Snap, and Snow, Poblano Pepper, Spinach, Sprouts, Tomatillo, Watercress, Zucchini

BLUE and PURPLE: Blueberries, Acai, Boysenberries, Eggplant, Purple Grapes, Purple Plums, Radicchio, Red Cabbage, Shallots, Turnips

WHITE: Asian Pear, Banana, Cauliflower, Celery Root, Coconut, Garlic, Ginger, Jicama, Lychee, Mushrooms, Onion, Parsnips, Potatoes, Rutabegas, White Peaches

BLACK: Blackberries, Dates, Truffles, Black Currants, Black Grapes, Black Olives, Black Plums

PINK: Grapefruit, Guava, Papaya